OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – Junior Sebastian Cappelen
took the individual lead and the No. 15 University of Arkansas men’s golf team remained in first after two rounds of competition at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club on Monday.
On a day when overall scores were slightly better than they were a day ago, the Razorbacks posted the only sub-par score of the tournament when they collectively shot two-under par, 278, and hold a 12-stroke lead heading into Tuesday’s final round. Arkansas (+1) is trailed by Auburn (+13), Florida State (+18), No. 13 Northwestern (+18) and Oklahoma State (+20) making up the top five with No. 4 Florida (+21), No. 2 SMU (+28), No. 25 Indiana (+31), No. 19 Clemson (+32) and No. 18 Illinois (+32) also making up the 14-team field.
Cappelen posted his best round of the fall season on Monday with his three-under par, 67, allowing him to take a one-stroke lead in the individual rankings. Cappelen’s was nearly flawless on the course as he carded three birdies and no bogeys on his way to the lead. A birdie to open the day was a good start and he made the turn at one-under par after eight straight pars. He was two-under par after a birdie on No. 10 and another on No. 13 put him at his final score. The Odense, Denmark, native is looking to win his third collegiate tournament on Tuesday which would place him in a tie for second for most wins by a Razorback.
Freshman Taylor Moore
held the individual lead for several holes on Monday, but a poor finish for the first-year player dropped him back into a tie for third, three strokes behind Cappelen. Playing unbelievable golf, Moore carded four birdies over his first nine holes to make the turn at four-under par. Moore would go on to record two more birdies and three pars through 14 holes to get to six-under par, but four straight bogeys closed his round at two-under par, 68. The Edmond, Okla., native recorded his second collegiate round in the 60s with the finish and stands at even par for the tournament.
continues to play great golf for the Razorbacks and worked a round of even par despite a setback late. The junior, who is playing in his first tournament of the year, opened the day with three straight birdies before a bogey on No. 4. Another bogey on No. 6 was followed by a birdie and Doramus made the turn at one-under par. A string of four pars to open the back nine was halted by a double bogey on No. 14 and had Doramus over par for the first time on the day. He followed the gaff with a par on No. 15 and was back at even par after a birdie on No. 16. A bogey-birdie combo to end the round placed him at even par for the day and one-over for the tournament, good for a fifth-place tie.
The Razorbacks’ fourth score of the day came from freshman Nicolas Echavarria
who notched a three-over par, 73. Even par through nine holes with two birdies, two bogeys and five pars, the first-year player found himself at two-over par through six holes before he landed back-to-back birdies on No. 7 and No. 8. On the back nine, Echavarria found bogey on three straight holes, but ended his round with five pars to solidify Arkansas’ tournament-best team score.
Not making Arkansas’ team score on Monday was senior Austin Cook
who finished with a round of five-over par. Despite the score, Cook remains tied for 18th individually with a two-day score of five-over par. Two-over par through 13 holes with just two bogeys on his card, Cook double bogeyed the par three, 14th to bump his score to four-over par. Another bogey on No. 18 completed the Jonesboro, Ark., native’s day.
The Razorbacks play for their first tournament title of the season on Tuesday beginning on the first tee at 8:50 a.m. with players from Auburn and Florida State.